Hometown: Oshkosh, Wis.
Political party: Libertarian
Relationship status: Single
Washingtonians have never been known for their acute attention to fashion, which might explain why few locals recognize former reality television star Samantha DeZur.
In 2009, DeZur, now the Education Finance Council’s vice president of communications, starred in the Style Network’s show “Running in Heels,” which followed the lives of three young women interning in New York for the fashion magazine Marie Claire. On the show, she butted heads with other interns, helped out at fashion shoots and even made “frenemies.”
“My dream was to work at a fashion magazine,” she says.
“It wasn’t for me,” she says. “Politics and that sort of thing always interested me, and I love fashion, too. But [fashion is] really more of a personal love. It’s not something that I want to be my entire life and career.”
When DeZur first came to Washington, she was working full-time at the Education Finance Council while attending graduate school at Georgetown University for a degree in public relations. She said her social life was nonexistent then, and has yet to blossom a year out of school.
Instead of going out to the bars, DeZur spends her time working out and reading.
“Working out is a big part of my life,” she says. “A big part of looking good every day is feeling good.”
DeZur also says that looking good isn’t about following cyclical fashion trends.
“You need to wear clothes that look good on your body,” she says. “The most important thing is to dress for your personality, who you are and your body type.”
— Zach Bergson